A GENEROUS Southwater resident has offered a luxury home, theme park tickets and free flights to a sick toddler and his family after reading about his illness.
Sally Austin, 46, of Arundel Close, offered her holiday home in Orlando, Florida, to two-year-old Noah Elkington who has Cuchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a muscle wasting disease which is potentially life-limiting.
Sally’s generous offer came after reading a report about Horsham man James Lambert, 32, who had vowed to conquer a marathon challenge to help send Noah to Disney World.
Sally said: “I was reading the story and it touched me. I am a mother as well and I thought that anything we can do to help we will do.
“James said to me that a lot of people wouldn’t do this. Well for me what is money really, compared to making a little boy’s dream come true and making him happy.
“I remember my daughter’s face when she first went to Disneyland Paris and money can’t compare to it. She was absolutely blown away.”
Sally, director of Austin Powell Ltd, also made arrangements with the charity ‘Give Kids the World’ to provide the Elkington family, from Crawley, with free admission to Disney World, Universal Orlando Parks, Bush gardens and Sea World.
“I am also dropping a form round to them from another charity called Dreams Come True who have said they would be willing to get two flight tickets for Noah,” Sally said.
Noah’s Mum, Vicky, said she is being careful not to get too excited as some details still need to be confirmed with the charity, but she is ‘over the moon’.
She said: “It is just amazing. Sally is absolutely wonderful. I’m at that stage where I just can’t believe it.”
Sally and her husband, Stuart, jointly run the holiday home which has five bedrooms, a swimming pool and a spa, and is within easy reach from all of the famous Orlando attractions.
James, who has now run his fifth marathon to raise funds for the family, said the offer is ‘amazing’.
He said: “It is wonderful news. What a blessing! I am profoundly grateful and touched.”